Salient WordPress Theme Review

Price:
55

Reviewed by:
Rating:
5
On October 25, 2013
Last modified:November 6, 2013

Summary:

Bit expensive and minimal, but awesome looking theme.

Screen Shot 2013-10-25 at 12.56.15Salient is a beautiful wordpress theme featured on ThemeForest. It fully supports video as a background which looks quite spectacular. With 6300 sales, they are definitely popular. While Salient doesn’t have as many templates as some other themes (there are only two types of blogs), the theme is really nicely designed and well worth the price.


Resident Designer’s Opinion

Salient is amazingly nice looking on first load, the video background showcases the main feature of the site straight away. For a film studio or related industries this theme is a must have, but I can imagine it for other websites like gaming as well. One thing I don’t like is the gray text on gray background, which for me is hard to read. The original teal links also blend too much with the background, this needs work. Generally it’s an understandable layout, and for showcasing video it is really amazing.


Highlights

Salient is a theme that on first glance is really impressive, but on the default colour scheme we don’t actually like it that much. While the layout is good, it is hard to read due to the colours used. This might focus a user on the video content, which is the goal, but I don’t think it works that well.

Screen Shot 2013-10-25 at 12.56.15The theme features two styles of blogs, which is slightly less options than some other premium themes. There is a masonry style blog:

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Shop Style

There is only one style of shop on Salient, which again is less than some other types of themes. But to be fair it is very nice looking.

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Portfolio Style

The portfolio style contains a nice gallery style of page, check this out:

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However there is also a scrollable “app selling” type design, which is becoming more and more popular recently.

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Short Codes and Extras

By looking at the live preview you can see the additional features that the theme also has, we’ve taken a screenshot of these:

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Features List

  • Ultra Responsive Design
  • Retina Ready Design
  • Exclusive Nectar Slider
  • AJAX Search (optional)
  • Graphically Intuitive Shortcode Generator
    • Tons of unique shortcodes
    • Powerful options for all elements
    • Usable in both visual & text tabs!
  • Extensive Theme Options
    • Typography Options
    • Color Options
    • Header Options
    • Footer Options
    • Call To Action Options
    • Parallax Slider Options
    • Portfolio Options
    • Blog Options
    • Contact Map Options
    • Boxed Layout Options
    • Social Media Options
  • 5 Star Customer Support
  • Unlimited Color Options
  • Valid HTML5 / CSS3
  • WooCommerce Support
  • SEO Optimized
  • Sortable Portfolio
  • Advanced Typography – 600+ fonts
  • Built-in “love” system
  • Custom social sharing buttons
  • 361 Retina ready icons
  • 2 Header Layouts + unlimited colors
  • Footer Column Options
  • 8 Custom Page Layouts
    • Home – Recent Work
    • Home – Recent Posts
    • Home – Recent Work/Posts
    • Home – Slider Only
    • Portfolio
    • Contact
    • Page w/ Sidebar
    • Page w/ Sidebar Left
  • 4 Stylish Blog Layouts
    • Blog – Standard
    • Blog – Standard Fullwidth
    • Blog – Masonry Sidebar
    • Blog – Masonry Fullwidth
  • 2 Custom Widgets
    • Recent Projects
    • Recent Posts Extra
  • Support for all Post Formats
  • Made with debug mode on
  • Demo Files Included ( XML )
  • Translation-Ready .po/.mo files included
  • Child Theme Ready
  • WordPress 3.6 Ready

Pricing

Salient is a very nice theme for video backgrounds, and for that it is worth the $55 price tag. But for a general blog where this isn’t necessary, it is overpriced. There are less layout options than some other themes, and the colours are not perfect. So it is a bit of a niche product, and not necesarily worth the $55.


Conclusion

Very nice theme for video backgrounds, and therefore for a niche that uses these it is perfect and definitely a buy. But for your general brick and mortar blog, there are some much better themes out there.

 

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